Long Tail Keyword Research: How to Find Profitable, Low-competition Keywords

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Long Tail Keyword Research: How to Find Profitable, Low-competition Keywords

Finding profitable, low-competition keywords can be tough.

Here’s how to make it easier…

The secret to finding good, low competition keywords for SEO is: Long Tail Keyword Research.

In this update of my Public Niche Site Project, I’ll explain why you should target long-tail keywords to get traffic, rankings and profit.

You’ll learn how to select the best keywords, what a golden keyword is, how to analyze your competition the right way and plenty more.

How to Find Low-competition Keywords

As Spencer Haws puts it:
«There’s a little bit of an art form to keyword research.»

Meaning there’s no black & white process.

You just have to take action, practice and experiment until you begin to understand what works and what doesn’t; kind of an extra sense you develop.

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With that being said… this is the best way to find low-competition keywords.

Long Tail Keyword Research: How to Find Profitable, Low-competition Keywords

Step 1. Go and get new keyword Ideas

Your first step is getting some new keyword ideas.
Here’s what you can do to get them:

How to find keyword ideas
  1. Brainstorming — Start a brainstorm about your niche and write down whatever you think relates to it. Don’t mind if it seems stupid or not, this is brainstorming.
  2. Amazon, eBay, Etsy — Visit Amazon, eBay and Etsy and cycle through those sites’ categories that relate to your niche for ideas.
  3. Wikipedia — Search on Wikipedia for your niche, check the articles’ table of contents and related categories at the bottom of each article page.
  4. Forums — Go to forums in your niche. Check their sections and thread titles for inspiration.
  5. Google’s Auto-complete — Use Google’s Auto Complete feature to come up with hundreds of variations of your keyword. Better yet, use tools such as Übersuggest, Soovle or ScrapeBox’s Keyword Harvester to make your life much easier.
  6. Google Webmaster Tools & Google Analytics — You can check your search data to learn what people are typing to reach to your site. These two tools will reveal really interesting search terms that you can pick, optimize posts around and / or improve your existing content.
  7. Google Trends — When you’re checking for a keyword’s seasonality Google Trends will display related search queries at the bottom of the page. What stops you from using them?
  8. Google CorrelateThis little-known tool from Google will show you keywords that correlate with the one you input into its search box. Grab those ideas for later use.
  9. Keyword Tools — Keyword finder tools like Long Tail Pro, Market Samurai, Jaaxy (and, of course, Google Keyword Planner too) can also help you with lots of keyword suggestions.
  10. Keyword Modifiers — Try using different modifiers such as buyer keyword modifiers with you niche keywords to get new ideas.
  11. Niche Markets — Last but not least, if you’ve read and completed the tasks in my SEO Keyword Research Guide’s first chapter, you should now have a pretty good list of closely related niche markets. These are great to get low competition keyword ideas, some of them with high traffic and very profitable.

Step 2. Understand How to Do Effective Keyword Research

How to do effective keyword research
How to do effective keyword research

Your second step is actually picking all of those ideas and using them as seed keywords on your favorite keyword research tool.

As referred above, you’ll pull in related search terms but, more importantly for this step, you’ll get their search data and competition analysis.

Before commanding your keyword finder tool to go fetch your keywords, you need to set it up the right way.

(Although not all keyword tools have the same options, hopefully you’ll get the theory behind these settings.)

Search Volume (Exact VS Broad Match)

Set your tool to retrieve ‘Exact Match’ keywords only and not ‘Broad Match’ ones.

It might not seem such a big deal, however the difference is huge:

The disparity in search volume between ‘broad’ and ‘exact match’ searches can trick you into thinking you have a really great keyword when you actually don’t.

Besides, ‘broad Match’ search terms are not very tied to the searched topic and you need laser-focused keywords to target on your posts and bring in the right audience (people that are precisely looking for what you have to offer them).

Search Location (Global vs Local Searches)

Make sure you’re getting search data for ‘Local Searches’ instead of ‘Global Searches’.

Gathering search volume information for ‘Global Searches’ is a big mistake, because — once again — you want to target a specific audience and its location (and language) also matters.

As I’ve already mentioned a few times here on the Buzz Nitrous blog, there are four Tier-1 countries that are known for their high online consumer habits: a) USA, b) Canada, c) United Kingdom and d) Australia.

Unfortunately, not all countries share the same buying mentality and, even less, have the same purchase power.

Think about how continent-like countries like India that speak English, make up for a high percentage of the World’s online traffic and aren’t big online shoppers can trick your search volume data quite easily.

(This is why I’ll be targeting USA local searchers on my niche website project.)

Suggested Bid (CPC – Cost Per Click)

You may want to use this option to find profitable keywords.
Enter a minimum amount of ‘CPC’ that you think is right for you.

‘Suggested Bid’ (or ‘CPC’) is a metric that informs you how much money advertisers are willing to invest on Google AdWords ads for your keyword.

If you have AdSense ads on your niche website, you’ll earn about 60% of the ‘CPC’ amount from each click.

The most important aspect here though is that ‘Suggested Bid’ allows you to see how profitable a keyword is.

If there are people paying high amounts for ads every time your keyword is searched for or is found in your content, it means there is money to be made in your niche.

Number of Words

As you’ll learn later on this post, the number of words in your keywords means a lot.

While one-word keywords have high amounts of traffic, high levels of competition and low conversion rates, multiple-word keywords will have lower amounts of traffic and competition but, at the same time, they will convert better.

If you’re looking for a Primary Keyword (more on this later), set your keyword tool to find 2-or-more-word keywords.

If you want Secondary Keywords set it to find 3-or-more-word keyphrases.

And, if you want to find long-tail, low competition keywords, look for 4-or-more-word keyphrases.

With you keyword search tool set up the right way, ask it to generate keywords and see what comes up.

When it’s done, you’ll need to learn you how to pick the good from the bad.
That takes us to our next section, actually choosing the best keywords from the bunch.

How to Choose the Best Keywords for SEO

How do you know which ones are the best to pick?

Have you ever wondered what makes us, common mortals, so different from successful Internet Marketers such as Spencer Haws, Pat Flynn, Stuart Walker, Matthew Woodward and others alike?

It’s their ability to search and discover keywords that are profitable and easy to rank for.

In other words, they know the secret to finding golden keywords.

What Makes Up a Golden Keyword?

What is a golden keyword

«Golden keyword… what is it?» — you might be asking.

A golden keyword is a really great keyword that will be bring in rankings, traffic and profit.

It is made up of several factors:

1. The level of need for a solution or answer.

Why do people search online? They are looking for a solution for their problems or an answer to their questions.

Try looking at the keywords you find from a searcher’s perspective:

What’s their intention when using that particular search term? What are they looking for? How big is the problem they’re facing?

Remember the most important rule in Niche Marketing:
Find a problem or a question and fix it.

The bigger it is, the higher chance people will spend money to fix it.

2. The commercial intent of a keyword.

You can measure a keyword’s commercial intent — i.e., how far people are in the Purchase Funnel when searching online — by the specific keyword modifiers they are using.

Buyer Keywords
Together with your niche keywords they form what is called Buyer Keywords. They denote buyer’s interest and intent and have the highest conversion rate amongst all types of keywords.

Examples of Buyer Keywords are: “buy” , “best buy”, “for sale”, “discount”, “promotion”, “best price, “special price”, “in bulk”, “wholesale”, “best”, “top”, “top rated”, “best rated”, “best valuable”, “best ___ brands”, “review”, “comparison”, “VS”, “where to buy”, “under $”.

BONUS RESOURCE: You can find an extensive list of more than 200 buyer keywords on this NicheHacks article.

3. The seasonality of a keyword.

Search volume for some keywords varies and depends on seasonality.

For example, people will search much more for Valentine’s Day related stuff before and during that period of the year. After that, these kinds of searches will decrease dramatically.

To get to know the seasonality of your keyword, use Google Trends.
Search for your keyword and check what comes up on the graph.

PRO TIP: Make sure you’ve got that covered so that:
a) You won’t get bad surprises from your SEO efforts not actually delivering results.
b) You plan content production, events, promotions and advertising (and email marketing campaigns) ahead of time.

Time to Pan for… Golden Keywords

Keyword Research is like panning for gold.
You just need to learn how to filter your keyword list the proper way.

Now that you know what makes up a golden keyword, you need to filter the keyword list your keyword finder tool gave you.

With those requirements in mind (along with the settings you learned on Step 2 of the previous section) you’re about to discover really great gems.

Keyword List Filtering & Keyword Strategy

Keyword list filtering is a required task to extract the keywords that are going to be your niche website’s bets. It is deeply connected to your keyword strategy.

The following points show you how to go about it.

1. Skip the more competitive keywords.

From your keyword list you should skip the more obvious and competitive ones.

One-word keywords are known as “Head” terms and have the highest amount of competition.

Examples of Head Keywords are: “golf”, “bicycle”, “shoes” or “computer”.

If you could ever beat the crazy level of competition from big companies with limitless marketing budgets and rank for them, the great deal of traffic would not convert that well.

People here are mostly looking for general information or just browsing around.

2. Take a look at the mid-competition keywords.

If you’re trying to find a Primary Keyword for your niche site, take a look at the mid-competition keywords.

These are known as “Body” terms and are usually two to three-word keywords like “golf clubs”, “car rentals”, “discount Apple computers”.

Ranking for them would bring in qualified, targeted traffic from people getting ready to make a purchase.

3. Select a dozen of low-competition keywords.

In case your Primary Keyword doesn’t have a high search volume (like getting 1,500 searches per month instead of the ideal 5,000 or more), you need to select and target a few Secondary Keywords.

From your list, select keywords with low competition and local search volume in the range of 200 to 800 searches per month.

Most probably, these will also be “Body” terms.

4. Grab tons of long-tail keywords.

Finally, you should grab as many long-tail keywords as you can possibly find — I’m talking about several tens or even hundreds of them.

Long-tail keywords are usually comprised of four or more word phrases such as “best golf clubs for windy games”, “affordable kitchen appliances for college students”, “how do I pay my house mortgage”.

Traffic coming from long-tail keywords is super targeted. People already know what they want and practically have their wallets opened to buy something. They just need that final push.

You should pick very low competition long-tail keywords with traffic ranging from 10 up to 200; nevertheless, to be true, the amount of searches doesn’t really matter. (More on this in just a second.)

Why Use Long-tail Keywords

Low-hanging fruit keywords
Low-hanging fruit keywords

Search engine traffic is divided into three main types of searches.
I’ve already talked about “Head” and “Body” terms, in the previous section.

The missing piece in the puzzle is “Long-tail” keywords.

Head and Body terms account for millions in traffic on their own; however they merely represent about 30% of online searches. The remaining 70% come from long-tail searches.

Long-tail terms can have very few searches per month — like five or even just one –, but if you add them together you’ll find that they represent the vast majority of online search traffic.

Targeting lots of long-tail keywords with very low competition is the secret to getting high rankings in Google and bringing in more and more targeted traffic to your website.

Low-competition long-tail keywords are also known as the low-hanging fruit of SEO. The more low-hanging fruit keywords you target in your posts, the more you’ll keep traffic growing.

You already know it:
With more targeted traffic there comes more leads, comissions and sales… a.k.a. more MONEY.

Search Volume for Long-tail Keywords Doesn’t Really Matter

You shouldn’t focus so much on the amount of search volume when choosing your keywords. What you need to worry about is the competition.

Because keywords with even zero searches per month can still generate lots of traffic.

In fact, Jake Cain from the LongTailPro.com blog wrote about how he got whopping 51,000 page views from organic search traffic alone after targeting a long-tail keyword with ZERO monthly searches on his baseball blog.

Just think about it…

If Google Keyword Planner (GKP) gives you keyword ideas with search volume of… nothing (nada, zip, void, zero), it must mean that those keywords must have at least some searches per month or else they wouldn’t be suggested.

The reality is that the data that keyword finder tools present is usually based on what GKP shows them. It is not as accurate as we would expect it to be.

Regardless, more important than that is the fact that when you publish a long post you’ll be targeting lots and lots of different long-tails you don’t even know about.

How to Analyze Your Keyword Competition

How to analyze your keyword's top 10 competition

As I said earlier, your main concern should be your keyword competition analysis rather than checking for the amount of search volume.

«But… how do I analyze my competition?» — you ask.
That’s exactly what this section is about.

Let’s learn how to do it.

Only the top 10 results matter.
If you’re worried because you found out that there are hundreds or thousands pages using the same keyword, don’t.

Focus only on the 10 results listed in the first page of Google and forget about the rest.

The reason is simple:
If you can outrank those top 10 pages, you’ll be outranking all of them.

Now that we’ve got that covered, here’s what you should pay attention to when you’re doing your competition analysis to learn if you can actually rank high.

1. Relevancy

Does your competitor include the keyword in his / her page’s title?
Is your keyword present in their description, URL, headings and sprinkled throughout the content?

If any of the results listed in Google’s first page is not using these on-page SEO techniques, it means they aren’t optimizing their pages around your keyword or not doing SEO at all.

They got there just because they referred to your keyword unintentionally.

Your chances of outranking them are GREAT.

Non (entirely) relevant pages usually rank because they inherit their root domain’s authority. Examples of this are inner pages from forums, Q&A sites and article directories.

2. Page Authority

See how many of the top 10 results in Google for your keyword have a Page Authority (PA) of less than 30.

Try to find at least two pages with PA not greater than 30.

Once their PA gets over 40, things start to get pretty hard competition-wise.

3. Juice Page Links (Dofollow Backlinks)

There are two kinds of external links (links that point to another website) — also called backlinks: “nofollow” and “dofollow”.

A “dofollow” backlink sends / shares some of the linking page SEO power to the destination page. (“Dofollow” linking from your website to authoritative websites (like Buzz Nitrous 😛 ) is good for your SEO — so… don’t stop linking!!)

The more authoritative the linking page or website is — links from .EDU and .GOV domain extension sites are the most powerful ones –, the more SEO juice the dofollow link will carry.

The total number of refering domains is more important than the total number of backlinks:
A post may have 10,000 backlinks but if they all come from the same website… it’s a sign of weakness due to the lack of link diversity.

When checking your competition, it’s a good sign to find multiple results with less than 30 dofollow backlinks. Try to find at least two pages with Juice Links less than 30. You can check how many links your competitor has using Moz’ OSE.

4. PA, DA & Juice Links Combined

The ideal scenario is finding at least two results with Page Authority, Domain Authority and Juice Links all less than 30.

5. Site Age

The older the website the more chances it has gained more trust in Google’s eyes. Trust means more authority.

If you find new sites (less than a year old), it’s a good sign.
It means your brand new website can rank high too.

6. Other Niche Websites

It’s very good when you find other niche websites in Google’s top 10 results.

If there’s someone doing the same thing you’re doing and ranking, that tells you your niche site will probably get there too.

7. Weak Sites

Check which types of pages are ranking in Google’s top 10 results.

If a weak site is ranking it means your chances of ranking high have increased hugely; you can outrank them easily.

As I referred when we talked about Relevancy, examples of weak sites are:

  • Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus profiles
  • Yahoo Answers
  • Q&A sites
  • Forums
  • File download sites
  • Web 2.0 sites (Hubpages, Squidoo, etc)
  • Article directories (eZine, Article Base, etc)
  • 8. Exact Match Domain Availability

    It’s true that exact match domains (EMDs) are not so powerful as they used to be for Google.
    (I still think there’s a tiny bit of advantage if you do the rest of your SEO the right way.)

    Nevertheless, if the EMD for your keyword is still available then no one knows about it.
    Meaning that there isn’t much competition for it.

    On the other hand, if your keyword’s EMD is not available and nobody is using it, it means that a domainer has probably bought it in the hopes of selling it for much more money later on.

    His / her action shows there is money to made in that niche and he / she wants a cut.

    9. Anchor Text

    To see if your competitor is actively targeting your keyword, inspect his website or page’s anchor text in Moz’ OSE.

    If it is, their anchor text will include your keyword or close variations. Remember that SEOers always optimize their anchor texts.

    Imagine our keyword is “golf clubs”.
    Examples of optimized anchor texts are: “buy golf clubs”, “best golf clubs” or simply “golf clubs”.

    Examples of non-optimized anchor texts are totally random things like “click here”, “on this page”, your competitor site’s address or the name of whoever is running your competitor’s site.

    If your competitor’s anchor texts are not being optimized, it’s a sign of weakness which means you can outrank that page.

    Criteria of a Winning Keyword

    To make this easier and more straightforward to understand…
    Your winning keyword should be like this:

    1. Not all results use the exact keyword in title (100% of the words in any order).
    2. At least two of the results have Page Authority less than 30.
    3. At least two of the results have Domain Authority less than 30.
    4. At least two of the results have both PA and DA less than 30, and also…
    5. Those results referred in d) have less than 30 Juice Page Links.
    6. There should be weak types of sites in the top 10 results.
    7. Not all results are root domains. (Sub-pages tend to be easier to beat.)
    8. Long Tail Pro’s Keyword Competitiveness (KC) score is under 30.

    If you find a keyword with all of these criteria you have just found a golden keyword.

    Nevertheless, all you need is to find something that meets the conditions stated in the “e” list item above to make it a winning keyword.

    Allintitle: A Different Approach to Competition Analysis

    There’s a different approach regarding your competition analysis you could try and see if it works for you. And it’s much simpler too!

    Claire Smith, a successful Amazon affiliate and niche marketer, doesn’t care about search volume or any other metrics when she’s doing her keyword research and analyzing her competition.

    Claire decides whether to target the keywords she finds simply by using the “allintitle” query.

    It’s a quick and easy method.
    You just have to do a google search for (don’t use quotes to surround your keyword):
    allintitle: your keyword here

    If the results show less than 200-500 pages using those exact words in their title, Claire goes for it and comes up with a new post targeting that keyword.

    This goes a bit against what I told you before never minding the number of pages in Google competing for the same keywords, but it’s a proven way to find very low-competition keywords you can easily rank for.

    You can learn more about Claire Smith’s method and how she has made it online without ever building a single backlink on her interesting interview for the Niche Pursuits podcast.

    Niche Site Project Update

    After all of this theory under our belts, it’s time to show you how I found my niche website keywords using Long Tail Pro.

    Before we get started, though…

    Please Acknowledge

    • Keep in mind that one my NSP’s rules was to not reveal my niche or my domain name for several reasons.
    • To help you better understand my Niche Site Project strategies, I’ll be using “golf clubs” as an example niche.
    • “Golf clubs”, any other keywords or metrics data displayed here — such as search volume or competition — will be mere examples only and may not correspond to the actual data.
    • I’ll be using Long Tail Pro (its Pro version, not Platinum) as my keyword tool. The reason being to show you how to analyze your top 10 competition yourself so that you can fully grasp the theory explained in this post.
    • Don’t worry; you can replicate my process here using other keyword finder tools. I’ll show you some other free and paid alternatives on future chapters of my SEO Keyword Research Guide.

    We are finally back for another update of my Niche Site Project series! Yay!
    If you recall my last update, my task for today was to find my ideal Primary Keyword:

    Primary Keyword Criteria

    • 5,000+ exact match local (USA) searches per month
    • Or 1,500 exact match local (USA) searches per month minimum with lots of good related keywords to target.
    • Low competition on the first page of Google
    • First page of Google not crowded by e-commerce websites

    And my second task was to select lots of Secondary Keywords:

    Secondary Keyword Criteria:

    • 200-800 exact match local (USA) monthly searches
    • Low competition on the first page of Google

    I completed these two tasks after some research using my niche seed keywords on Long Tail Pro.

    How I Found My Profitable, Low-competition Keywords with Long Tail Pro

    Once you understand how to do keyword research the right way you can do it for free manually.

    You simply need to make use of some of the techniques and tools I’ve already mentioned to:

    • Get keyword ideas;
    • Check their search volume (you can do it on Google Keyword Planner), and;
    • Analyze the top 10 competition for your keyword.
    • Nevertheless, using automated keyword finder tools such as Long Tail Pro (LTP) turns it all much faster and more efficient (less prone to human error).

      How to use Long Tail Pro

      Step 1: Create a new project on Long Tail Pro

      Create a new project on Long Tail Pro
      Create a new project on Long Tail Pro

      1. Start a fresh new project by clicking the “+” (plus) on the upper left corner of Long Tail Pro.
      2. Give your new project a title.
      3. Be sure to go with local searches: select your target audience’s country (and their native tongue).
      4. We want traffic from Google, so keep the setting as it originally is.

      Step 2: Add your seed keywords

      Long Tail Pro keyword research setup
      Long Tail Pro keyword research setup

      1. Add your keyword ideas as your seed keywords.
        One of Long Tail Pro’s awesome features is the possibility to add multiple seed keywords at the same time.

        (You shouldn’t go too overboard, however, because the tool collects data from external sources — which takes time.)

        Three to five seed keywords is enough to get you started.

      2. Minimum Local Searches and number of words.
        For your Primary Keyword set up LTP to generate keywords with more than 300 searches per month and minimum 2-word keywords.

      Step 3: Start your research

      Refine your research using Long Tail Pro's filters
      Refine your research using Long Tail Pro’s filters

      1. Hit ‘Generate Keywords’.
        After all this setting up is done, hit the ‘Generate Keywords & Fetch Data’ button and wait for the tool to do its job of picking up related keywords.
      2. Take your pick.
        From the list of related keywords LTP suggests you need to stay away from the hardest ones and select better options.
      3. Use the tool’s filters to sharpen your search.
        Filter the list using buyer keyword modifiers and examine the most appealing ones doing the proper keyword competition analysis.

      Here’s what I found:
      I got a Primary Keyword with fewer amount of searches than the ideal goal.
      It has 1,000 + 1,600 exact match local searches.

      “Best golf club” — just an example keyword and not real search data — has 1,600 LMS (local monthly searches) and “best golf clubs” has 1,000 LMS.

      If I target the second one, I’ll be targeting both keywords at the same time, thus the added amounts.

      Regarding the competition for my keyword…

      I did find 6 e-commerce sites in the results (although three of them are really buying guides and one is a review article, not really their online store areas) which goes against my criteria*, BUT…

      1. I found ONE niche website ranking which tells me that if that niche marketer did it… so CAN I!
      2. I found a blog post referring one of the latest models of my product category.
      3. I found a FAQ section about the product category I’ll be promoting from a regular niche website that’s not promoting any affiliate product, and…
      4. I found a YouTube video ranking in the top 10 results on Google as well.

      * I’m aware that SEO metrics don’t really work when you’re competing against e-commerce websites, because Google’s favors them in prejudice of other websites.

      However, if those other pages are ranking too, it means there is a good chance of me being able to rank my website too. 🙂 (We can’t ever be sure — but I’m willing to try my best to see how it goes.)

      In fact, just to prove me right, when I was writing this present post I rechecked the top 10 competition in Google and noticed there was another niche website ranking too!!

      The following image shows how my Primary Keyword’s competition looks now:

      My Primary keyword competition analysis on Long Tail Pro

      What Do These Criteria Mean Concerning Your SEO & Content Strategy

      By now, you must be asking yourself…

      What is a Primary Keyword? What are Secondary Keywords? How does that work?

      Primary Keyword

      A Primary Keyword is going to be your main bet for your niche website.
      You should look for a Primary Keyword with enough traffic (refer to the criteria above) and commercial intent to make it worth it.

      A keyword with those requirements is going to be harder to find, especially when you’re aiming for low competition.

      However, since this will be your niche site’s priority target you can afford to select a keyword with a bit more competition — but still doable. You just have to realize that your SEO efforts to rank for this keyword will also need to be a bit higher.

      E.g.: “Best golf clubs” fits my Primary Keyword criteria. It has enough traffic (around 2,600 LMS), it has commercial intent (the keyword modifier “best” makes it a buyer’s keyword) and the competition is not very low but it’s not that tough too. With a little more effort and time it should be doable.

      Secondary Keywords

      Secondary Keywords also need to be low competition ones. You don’t want to spend that much effort ranking for them.

      The goal here is using them as a search traffic complement, in case your Primary Keyword doesn’t get the ideal amount of search traffic (5,000+ local monthly searches).

      Once that secondary-keyword traffic begins piling up, it might help your niche website get more authority which ends up boosting your Primary Keyword’s rankings.

      E.g.: Secondary Keywords for the “golf clubs” niche would be “best golf clubs for seniors under $100”, “best golf clubs for kids”, “how to use a golf club the right way”, “how to preserve your golf clubs”.

      To sum it up: The post on my niche website’s homepage will target my Primary Keyword with a bit more competition but way more earning potential. All other additional posts on my site will target much easier-to-rank-for, different but related keywords.

      Niche Site Status

      To end this, let me quickly do a status update…

      It took me some extra time updating my Niche Site Project it because:

      • Life got in the way — I got a flu that lasted for 3 weeks and… guess what?! I got another one during this week. Watch out for drafts in your office or home!
      • I started writing a SEO Keyword Guide — WHILE I am still doing the present niche site project. (Not the best time, really!)
      • Spencer Haws started a new Niche Site Project — and I needed to rethink my plans for this one here.

      My apologies for those of you following along, I totally get if you felt demotivated or lost interest… But NOW… we’re back!

      What Can You Learn From This?

      Even so… from the above points we can actually learn a few lessons.

      • Life always gets in the way.
        You never know when you’re going to get sick or when some other unexpected event happens (like having to move to a new home, suddenly finding the person of your dreams, winning the lottery, getting asked for an interview, etc).

        It’s true that we can’t foresee what the future will bring, but…

        Lesson learned: Planning and scheduling beforehand is even more important when you’re working for yourself. Getting your work done ahead to make sure any incidents won’t get you behind schedule is also a smart idea.

      • Writing a SEO Keyword Research was a great idea (it’s not concluded yet) and a BIG mistake too. It was a mistake because I started doing it when I am still doing the NSP (and the actual niche website) simultaneously. It only decreased the little amount of time I had to focus on my first goal: the Niche Site Project.

        Lesson learned: DON’T try to do everything at the same time. It CANNOT be done. You’re not Superman / Superwoman!

      • Spencer Haws’ NSP3 has brought in some different strategies and techniques about niche website building I had to address. I needed to rethink my strategy for this project here and take it from there.

        With that being said, my Niche Site Project will now be based on Spencer’s NSP3 instead of his previous NPS2 although we can still learn from both (or the three of them, actually).

        Lesson learned: Expect the unexpected, prepare for accidents, incidents and sudden changes. Or else, things will only get more complicated and take more time.

      Wrapping Up

      Hopefully, by now, you already know how to find profitable, low-competition keywords after this long, almost-guide-like post. 🙂

      You saw what a golden keyword is and how to analyze your keyword’s top 10 competitors.

      I showed you how long-tail keyword research can get you the low-hanging fruit of SEO that brings you a ton of free targeted traffic, rankings and earnings.

      Your Thoughts / Comments

      How do you think my Niche Site Project is coming along?

      Please leave your thoughts, questions and / or comments below.
      They’ll be much appreciated!

      I’ll be back for another Niche Site Project update soon.
      My next post will be about domain names: how to choose your site’s name and pick your domain.

      All the best,